Made It Home!
I just returned to the Phoenix area from a road trip to Houston and OKC. The RG showed a little more than 3200 miles logged.
It was great to see relatives that I hadn't seen in a few years but I was reminded of why January probably isn't the best month for an extended ride.
The trip from Phoenix to Houston was made along I-10 (I figured staying close to the U.S./Mexico border would mean that I would dodge most of the cold weather and storms, I was wrong). I managed to time my departure from Houston on the morning of the sleet storm a week ago Tuesday. Ice accumulations in Houston, who would have imagined? It took me 3 hours to make it 60 miles north of Houston. Lots of fishtailing but I managed to not lay the bike down. The pictures below attest to what the bike looked like after getting out of Houston. When I pulled into the Dallas HD dealership for an oil change and some hot coffee, the service techs looked at me like I must be crazy because of all of the ice hanging from the bike.
I actually had clear (but cold and windy conditions) between southeastern Texas and OKC, and fortunately, I found a lot of great BBQ joints along the way! The heated seat and heated handle grips kept me pretty comfortable during the day, and the MoCo tarp kept the frost and dew off of the bike at night.
Next to the icy ride north out of Houston, the worst leg of the trip was on the return stretch from OKC down to Midland, TX last Sunday. The wind was a steady 25 to 35 mph with gusts approaching 55 mph at times. I was really glad that I was riding a 1/2 ton bike under those conditions.
I'll definitely make the trip again, but not during the winter.